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By: Michael Luciano How many times have you been in the middle of an extremely important text or getting ready to send the ending of your crazy night to your friend, only to find out that it never went through. Well you are not alone. There have been many iMessage users who have been having issues...

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Your Guide To Installing The iOS9 Public Beta 1 On Your iPad

Posted by mluciano | Posted in Apple News, Consumer Electronics, New Products | Posted on 15-07-2015

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Are you looking to get the new Apple iOS9 on your iPad a bit early? Of course you are. Updates area usually always a good thing. They help make programs run smoother. If you know anything about Apple, however, you should be familiar with the fact that they normally keep their updates to themselves until THEY feel it’s ready. Wouldn’t you know it though, they’ve decided to switch things up a bit. Now, they are letting the consumers try out the new beta for themselves to see how they like it. Not a bad idea Apple.

Finally, Apple will get on board with the side-by-side multitasking. This features has been seen on Samsung devices for a while now, so it’s good that Apple is finally catching up with these features. Also, in case you were wondering, any device that you have running iOS8 can be updated to iOS9.

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Step-By-Step Guide

When it comes to these types of OS beta tests, the first and most obvious thing you’re going to want to take care of is backing up your device. Since these are beta tests, they can definitely be unpredictable. Versions like this can potentially wipe your device clean, without any intention at all.

Once you’ve backed up your device onto iTunes or your iCloud, you’re going to want to go to https://beta.apple.com/profile/ on your iPad to download a profile. This will allow your tablet to enroll in the beta program. After your profile is set up and installed, restart your tablet.

When your tablet is back up and running again, go to your Settings, hit General, then Software Update, and you should see the iOS9 Public Beta option. While your device remains in the beta program, you’ll be able to see from the Settings app, which other betas are available, including the latest beta for iOS8.4

Once it’s all set up, sit back, and enjoy the new features this update brings in the beta testing process. You’ll be responsible for the rest of us getting the best version of iOS9 possible. Don’t mess this up guys! No pressure though.

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Apple’s Recent Mobile Releases Have Left Some With Mixed Reactions

Posted by mluciano | Posted in Consumer Electronics, New Products | Posted on 27-10-2014

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Apple is known as the tech powerhouse that no one can beat. This idea happens to be one that it held by many, and with good reason. Apple, over the past 10 years it feels like, has released tech device after tech device that have shaped the mobile market. It’s gotten to the point now that Apple is more known for mobile technology than its desktop computers. The iPod changed everything when it first came out. It was the MP3 player that outdid the Walkman and had every other developer scrambling to make their own version of it. Now skip ahead to the present and you can find iPads and iPhones anywhere you look. Recently, however, it seems like Apple might be losing their luster.

The New iPhones

The big thing that you will see on commercials just about everywhere now, is the new iPhone 6 commercials. The big deal with the new phones is that well.. they are big! Much bigger in fact. Now, Apple has finally stepped into the world of the “phablet”. For those that are unaware of this term, it’s exactly what it sounds like; a phone and a tablet essentially together. The reason for the name is that its too big to be a phone, but too small to be a normal tablet. The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are just what everyone has been waiting for if you think about it. A phablet to compete with Samsung and have more power and better features. The only problem is the dreaded “bendgate”. Yes the phones can bend and break that way, but that will happen with just about any phone that is 5.5 inches and really thin. The new iPhone however may have hurt Apple in a way that they didn’t mean to have happen.


The New iPads

The newest iPads that were released at Apple’s iPad left everyone feeling a little less than excited. The reason being the fact that the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 didn’t really offer anything too crazy! The new iPad Mini 3 didn’t even come with an upgraded processor. It, in fact, has the same processor as the iPad Mini 2. The only real upgrades to the new tablet is the upgraded cameras and an updated paint job. The iPad Air 2 got a bit more of an upgrade. It’s now working with eh A8X chip, which just so happens to be the same chip that is used in the new iPhone 6. It’s more powerful, and it’s thinner. It also comes with the same iSight cameras that are used with the new phones. Even with these though, it’s giving some people mixed signals on how they feel.

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There Might Be An Issue

There are so many sizes of iPads now, that having a small “phablet” as part of their product line might hurt the sales of the iPad Mini 3. Tablets are a way to have a powerful computing device that’s more mobile than a laptop. The success of them can speak for itself. The new iPhone 6 is basically a pocketable tablet that you can take anywhere now, and has the capability of a phone. This could easily affect the sales of new iPads. Yet another issue is that people don’t “renew” their tablets like they do with their phones. Instead of getting rid of the tablet, many people will just hand them down because of how expensive they are. This is hurting tablet sales all around. Apple’s continued push of new iPad with slightly better chips and cameras isn’t really giving the same excitement that it used to.

So is this really bad news for Apple? Will their tanking iPad sales ruin their business model? It can all be explained simply in just one tweet:

 

It seems like Apple is running out of ideas, and is just resorting to making their devices thinner or larger. What will happen when Apple finally runs out of ideas?

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Just A Few Things About iOS 8 That We Could All Do Without

Posted by mluciano | Posted in Consumer Electronics, New Products | Posted on 24-09-2014

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So Apple users out there! In case you have been living under a rock for the past few days, the new iOS 8 update has finally released. Naturally, with just about any update from Apple, we can expect a menagerie of different things that we don’t like or problems that we encounter. Luckily, there haven’t been too many issues that have caused a lot of headlines. Usually after every iOS update, we can expect an X.0.1 update to fix whatever ailments are being discussed over the internet. Regarding this new update however, Apple seems to have gotten things under control more so than usual. That being said though, there are still some aspects of the new iOS 8 update that people are not necessarily enthused about.

Texting

Let just take some time to talk about the one thing that we use our phones for the most; Texting. We’ve all seen plenty of memes involving the horrors of autocorrect. There is now something else that we can worry/laugh about involving our texting habits. As if autocorrect wasn’t enough, now there’s now something called “QuickType” that we can concern ourselves with. For any Android users out there, you are more familiar with this than us Apple users. “QuickType” is essentially a feature to replace the autocorrect that we’re used to. Instead of you just hitting the “space” button in order to have your correct place, now there are a myriad of words that the texting app predicts that you could mean. All you need to do is hit that word and it will take it’s place in the text you’re righting. It’s not the worst thing, but we can expect some of the word suggestions to be annoying or funny enough that we’re all waiting for the funny Facebook pictures to surface.

The Overall Download

Whenever we Apple users have downloaded our new updates, we’ve known that they’ve been pretty huge, but this new update is a bit ridiculous. Just from the few people that I know that have downloaded this new update, I’ve heard many a horror story of deleting hundreds of pictures, different videos, and even some of their favorite apps. This new update only requires 1.2 GB of free space on your phone. That being said, then why does it require you’re phone have 5.7 GB of free space??? What the heck Apple? This is where things don’t really make sense in an over-the-air download. Mind you, that if you decide to use your computer to download the update, you can sync up your iPad or iPhone and it won’t take up any space on your mobile device. It will just download. *I would highly suggest this option. It’s much better than dealing with all of the deleting that you’d have to do.

The Infamous “Privacy Problems”

This biggest talk of the new update is the “Key Contacts”. This feature allows you to double tap the Home button and see all of the people you’ve recently had a conversation with.  This could be good on one hand. Mainly just to make things a bit quicker in the long run. That being said, it could definitely make things a bit… complicated. What I mean by this is it could cause some problems. Allow me to paint a picture for you. You’ve recently broken up with an ex. You double tap the home button to close an app, and you see that you just recently were texting her, even though the deleted the conversation. Now all those feelings rush back, and you’re tempted to talk to that person again. That and then there is the “Recently deleted photos” issue. Instead of having the photos that you delete be, well… deleted, there is now a “Recently deleted photo” album in your “Pictures” app. Thanks for the reminder Apple, but if we deleted the picture or text conversation, it was more than likely for a reason.

This app is still a welcome update, as the iOS 7 update has been out for a while now, and having this new update accompany the OS X Yosemite update just makes sense. There are still plenty of aspects to love about the new update, but just in case Apple is reading this, these are our complaints. An iOS 8.1 update fixing the issues mentioned would be very welcomed.

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The New iOS 8 Is Taking A Few Shots At Android And Making Us More Connected Than Ever

Posted by mluciano | Posted in Consumer Electronics, New Products | Posted on 04-06-2014

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Just in case you’ve not been on the internet at all with the past couple of days, Apple just recently had their WWDC 2014 event. Let me just be the first to say that I was quite impressed with what I saw. While there may not have been any new hardware announced (does the iWatch even exist???), there was still quite a lot that was shown off. Obviously the two biggest parts of the keynotes, again in case you missed it, were the announcements of the new OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and the new iOS 8! Yes, the next big iOS update is here, so for all of us iPhone and iPad users, this is the part where you pay attention.

The biggest addition that I saw to the new iOS is a little feature called “Handoff”. Handoff is basically a new way to continue working on something from one device to another. Seamless continuity if you will. Lets say for example you’re viewing a spreadsheet or working on an email from your computer but you need to go somewhere. Simply pick up where you left off via another Apple device that’s synced up. All you need to do is swipe up from the bottom left corner if you’re continuing on a mobile device, or click a button if you’re continuing on your Mac. This isn’t really like working with your iCloud. Although you can still sync data, this type of seamless transition is strictly based off of location proximity and your mobile Apple devices. There’s no waiting or loading the data from the cloud. It’s just there!

The next thing that I saw coming with the new update was the HealthKit. Now this is essentially two different app platforms, but it controls the new Health fitness tracker app, and the new HomeKit. This is where Apple has Android beat. Apple owns the iPhone. They have all of the rights. They own the technology that has all of the sensors needed to gather the health data. Android does not. Android still needs separate manufacturers to come up with their own initiatives as they don’t own that type of technology. Samsung has been the only real taker for that sort of app project, with their “S Health”. Needless to say, Apple has the one up on Android in that department.

The HomeKit is the part of the app platform that truly impressed me. This is where virtually EVERYTHING became connected. It’s Apple’s idea of the completely connected home. Once everything is set up correctly and synced together, all you need to do is tell your old pal Siri to “get ready for bed” and a number of crazy things will happen. Your thermostat lowers the temperature. Your garage door gets closed. Your door could even lock for you! It’s the things like this and the Handoff app that show me just how connected Apple is trying to make everything, and personally, I’m totally fine with it!

Android isn’t necessarily a bad OS, and they don’t make necessarily bad products. I’ve seen my fair share of people walking around with them and I even owned a Droid phone for a while (I wasn’t exactly pleased). Even though they remain popular and have their own following, I feel that Apple has just tremendously outclassed them with this new update and its features. Good work Apple, good work.

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The Apple iWatch Is In Production Right Now! (So Say The Reports)

Posted by mluciano | Posted in Consumer Electronics, New Products | Posted on 07-05-2014

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It’s way too easy to get hung up on new tech. All facts aside, can you really be mad at someone for getting pumped up on new technology. Take the iWatch for example. It seems as if this particular product has been nothing but a rumor for quite some time now. Having said that, the rumors have continuously piled up. Naturally, as rumors begin to escalate and progress, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype and start to believe it all. I’m not saying that the iWatch isn’t coming out. In fact I’d say that it is almost definite, although there’s not been any confirmation on it yet.

So where would I get an assumption like this from? Well from our good friends over in China of course!

There have been no official announcements yet, but the China Times recently reported that the device’s production is now underway. Again, it’s still not confirmed that this is what the new device will be, but it’s still pretty safe to assume that it will be an iWatch.

The production of the device is already looking pretty promising with some of what it will reportedly include. So far the reports have shown that the device will include a few SiP modules. SiP stands for “system-in-package”. These little modules can contain some pretty nifty things. Everything from DRAM, flash memory, and even a processing unit all in one. The fact that reports are saying that the new devices will be housing these is still up in the air, as everything is still speculation, but it could be entirely true. These modules are used already in some of our every day devices that we use. Everything from your MP3 playter to your iPhone include SiPs. These particular modules could eventually pave the way for a wearable computer for all we know. It’s all up in the air. Aside from the modules, however, there have been no other technical specs discussed yet.

As far as release dates go, we should expect to see the new device during the end of 2014. Apple talked of starting production for their new product during the second quarter of this year. Wouldn’t you know it, that time has come now. Up the 3 million new tech toys could be (and are more than likely) in production right now as you’re reading this. Again there is no certain answer from Apple yet, pertaining to what the “new category” of device is that they will be releasing.

About 1 in every 2 people think that this whole wearable trend is just that; a trend. Many believe that it will come to pass, as it just doesn’t seem practical. This is where the challenge for Apple is really going to start. There are already smartwatches available for the consumer market today. That being said, they aren’t really selling like hot cakes. I know that I’ve not seen anyone walking around with the new Pebble or Nike Fuel band. I haven’t even seen a Galaxy Gear yet, aside from in store.

Apple is known for pretty much turning anything with their logo on it into gold. Even so, there is no telling how well the iWatch’s reception will turn out, especially if they decide to tack on a pretty price tag as they have been known to do.
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Apple May Be Fashionably Late To The Smartwatch Party, But The iWatch Is Coming!

Posted by mluciano | Posted in Consumer Electronics, New Products | Posted on 10-04-2014

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Just because you may be fashionably late to a party doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to be the life of said party. Any time a new device comes out, especially one that is able to generate a whole new section of technology, it seems like everyone jumps on board. This is typical if companies can actually see some use coming out of the device. It all depends on how crazy the demand for the product could become. If enough companies jump on the bandwagon, you can pretty much bet on the product being quite a big deal. Take the smartwatch. Apple has had rumors about their fabled iWatch for around half a year now. Many of the other companies have already beaten Apple to the punch however.

Companies like ZTE, Samsung, and Sony have all already made their own contributions to throw into the metaphorical pot, but Apple is still lagging behind. But, as we all know Apple to be the company that they are and come out swinging, there is quite a bit to expect still.

Apple may be late to the game, but they have some plans for what they intend to do with the iWatch. Rumors have already been spreading like wildfire, but now their may be a credible source to all of the talk.

A KGI analyst, one Ming-Chi Kuo, might as well be the Apple psychic, as so many of his predictions on Apple tech have been pretty spot on. Kuo had a few predictions already set for the new device. He claims that we may expect to see 2 different sizes of the new gadget by the end of this year. Closer to the third quarter of this year actually. We might be seeing a 1.3 inch display size and a 1.5 inch display size. The display of the smartwatch has been rumored to be a flexible AMOLED screen with a sapphire covering. What does the covering mean necessarily? It just means that the device will be able to mimic the shape of your write when you put it on. It might as well be comfortable too right? Kuo also made a prediction that the battery of the device could be anywhere from 200 to 250mAh in size. Since the device is so small, it is thought that the battery will be able to power the device for about a full day. This is already quite a bit longer battery life than many of the other competitors out on the market.

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The design of the watch isn’t the only thing. The functions of the watch are still being rumored as well. It seems like every smartwatch out now has some type of pedometer function to go along with it. Expect to see that with this gadget, as it will be working in tandem with an app called Healthbook on the new iOS 8 when it comes out. Obviously like its competitors, the iWatch has been rumored (to the point that it can basically be confirmed already now) to connect and sync up with your iPhone and iPad. With the way the Galaxy Gear works, it should be expected to be able to connect to your other Apple devices.

The price tag for this new toy is all over the map. That is not necessarily a good thing either, as it’s more towards the “high end” of all over the map. Price range could be in the thousands of dollars for the new smartwatch, depending on the casing and band options that Apple may offer with the new iWatch. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.

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